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Recent Dante Sightings
About this Project
This experimental website, inspired by students of Arielle Saiber's “Dante’s Divine Comedy” course (Bowdoin College) and further enriched by students of Elizabeth Coggeshall’s “Dante and the Modern Imagination” course (Stanford University), has been built to archive occurrences of Dante and his works in popular and contemporary culture of the twentieth century and beyond. The site catalogs a wide range of Dante "sightings" and “citings”: from the cursory to the extensive, and from a place of superficial knowledge of Dante and his works to deep familiarity with them. We leave to the readers the opportunity to judge the nature and depth of each reference, to organize and classify the references according to their own ways of reading, and to note the frequency of certain themes over others.
As a digital archive, Dante Today hopes to serve as an open-access, crowd-sourced repository of Dante’s sustained presence in contemporary culture. The goals are twofold: 1) to provide a central access point for said references; and 2) to offer data thatstudents and scholars of Dante can use to think about the Nachleben (“afterlife”) of Dante’s works in relation to reception theory, resonance, and cultural studies. We invite you to browse, contribute, and engage with the materials (links and bibliography, included) collected here.